Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny for
Irish Open Pro Am
HE’S been in one or two
political bunkers but former Taoiseach Enda Kenny
has now been announced in the line-up of keen
golfers who will tee off at the Dubai Duty Free
Irish Open pro-am in Ballyliffin next month.
The former Fine Gael leader will line-up on July 4
with some of the country's sports and entertainment
stars including former champion jockey AP McCoy,
snooker star Dennis Taylor and singer and actor
Strictly Come Dancing regular Anton de Beke will
swap the ballroom for the fairways of Ballyliffin
Golf Club along with former Ireland rugby
internationals Keith Wood and Stephen Ferris and GAA
heroes Michael Murphy and Kieran Donaghy.
The eagerly-awaited professional-amateur match is
the traditional charity opening day of the five-day
event. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open championship
will take place at the Glashedy Links, Ballyliffin
Golf Club, from Thursday, July 5 to Sunday, July 8,
hosted by Rory McIlroy and his Rory Foundation
Rory McIlroy at Ballyliffin Golf Club
in June 2011.
“Ballyliffin is a great
golf course. It’s always nice to be back home and
play in front of the home crowd so I’m very much
looking forward to playing the course while also
having some fun at the Pro Am before the tournament
kicks off,” said Rory McIlroy.
golfers scheduled to compete for the trophy include title holder Jon Rahm, his fellow Spanish countryman
Rafael Cabrera Bello and 2016 Ryder Cup teammates,
English trio Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood and
Meanwhile, Cold Feet star James Nesbitt, former
Ireland international goalkeeper Shay Given, pop
star Brian McFadden and a number of Derry City
footballers will also display their golfing skills
on one of the country's best seaside links courses.
The countdown is now well underway to one of the
biggest sporting events ever hosted in the North
Some 100,000 visitors are expected to descend on the
Inishowen peninsula for the star-studded event, with
local towns and villages putting the final touches
to their shop fronts and flower displays.
County star Nathan Carter has been announced as the
headline act for the music and entertainment
programme that will run in tandem with the top Irish